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'''Oliver Wendell Holmes Sr.''' (August 29, 1809 – October 7, 1894) was an American physician, poet, professor, lecturer, and author based in Boston. A member of the Fireside Poets, his peers acclaimed him as one of the best writers of the day. His most famous prose works are the "Breakfast-Table" series, which began with ''The Autocrat of the Breakfast-Table'' (1858). He was also an important medical reformer. Born in Cambridge, Massachusetts, Holmes was educated at Phillips Academy and Harvard College. After graduating from Harvard in 1829, he briefly studied law before turning to the medical profession. He began writing poetry at an early age; one of his most famous works, "Old Ironsides (poem)|Old Ironsides", was published in 1830 and was influential in the eventual preservation of the USS Constitution|USS ''Constitution''. Following training at the prestigious medical schools of Paris, Holmes was granted his M.D. from...
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